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  1. Alumni Webinar Series | Equity Footprint for Community Organizations

    Note: ​This webinar series features invited alumni speakers with expertise in a variety of social work practice settings. The series is offered free of charge to alumni of the U-M School of Social Work, but anyone who is interested is welcome to register. You do not need to be an alum to participate in these sessions.

    This "Equity Footprint" framework is geared toward community organizations to comprehensively analyze their impact (or footprint) in advancing equity. The model for the Equity Footprint derives from the carbon footprint--both begin with the understanding that harmful systems and practices have been established as the default. Rather than simply minimizing a damaging footprint, an Equity Footprint invites the organization to enact positive, equitable change across several domains including: programs, operations, culture, leadership & governance, evaluation & learning and communications.

    Objectives

    • Apply diversity, equity and inclusion in a framework for community organizations.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 9/23/2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructor

    • James K. Bui

    Location

    online
  2. Increasing Access to Services in Private Practice

    This webinar will explore the specific areas of design and influence that will allow a private practice to become increasingly accessible and informed by the values of social justice. The workshop will address a variety of concerns expressed by marginalized groups when seeking mental health care. We will also define the goals of mental healthcare and availability of well-being services are often limited by SES and access to services. Case studies will illustrate examples of private practice outreach and service delivery that increases response to community need.

    Objectives

    • Identify factors that increase/decrease access to services including issues of location, safety, language, engagement and more.
    • Identify specific management and financial principles to ensure private practices are both sustainable/profitable and ethical in social justice mission.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 9/30/2021 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 ethics live interactive online
    • 1 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Location

    online
  3. Clinical and Ethical Issues with Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth: A Deeper Dive

    This webinar will offer a working definition of terms, including Transgender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Intersex, Gender Nonconforming, Non-Binary, Intersex, Gender Transition, and Ally. Language and terminology will be examined with emphasis on using affirming language and avoiding offensive terminology.

    This webinar will examine mental health risk factors that impact transgender youth from an ethical lens. These risk factors include a 40 percent rate of attempted suicide, increased incidence of anxiety and depression, bullying, and social and familial rejection, all of which can exacerbate mental health issues.

    This webinar will focus on clinical interventions with an emphasis on delivering these interventions from an ethical and evidence-based lens. We will focus on two complex cases: Luna, a case involving parental disagreement with regard to permitting a transgender 7-year-old girl to commence a social transition and the second case, Patrick, will focus on complications that arise when a transgender adolescent is permitted (by the parent) to access hormones to initiate a medial transition without medical supervision and absent mental health consultation.

    Objectives

    • Identify and apply relevant values, ethical principles, and ethical standards to clinical decision making when working with TGBC adolescents and youth. This will include the values of service, social injustice, competence, and cultural awareness.
    • Identify three risk factors and three protective factors that may adversely impact TGNC children and adolescents youth and will explore possible interventions from an ethical lens.
    • Apply ethical decision-making principles to one or two complex cases.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 10/5/2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 2 ethics live interactive online
    • 1 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructor

    Location

    online
  4. TIPPS: Trauma Informed Programs and Practices for Schools: An Overview

    Schools can play a critical role in promoting healing and resilience among children who have experienced trauma, but to do so, they must be trauma-informed. This course will provide an introduction to a collaborative multi-stakeholder, trauma-informed approach based in theory and concepts of system change. TIPPS features 10 core principles that will be described.

    Objectives

    • Describe a systems model of change for trauma-informed schools.
    • Describe trauma-informed programs and practices that align with the 10 TIPPS principles.
    • Describe implementation strategies relevant to the TIPPS framework.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 10/8/2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 3 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  5. Sexual Health Assessment and Treatment in Clinical Practice

    The objective of this training is to help mental health professionals develop confidence and a skill set for discussing sexual identity, health/wellness, and intimacy with their clients. Fundamentals of sex therapy from a biopsychosocial approach will be covered to ensure that participants feel well-equipped to incorporate sexual functioning into their core approach to assessment and treatment. The learner will understand the ramifications of relegating this topic to a "specialized" treatment approach and feel skilled and capable in addressing sex therapy topics as a foundational approach to assessment and treatment.

    Objectives

    • Identify at least three reasons to incorporate sexual health assessment into general mental health treatment.
    • Apply common assessment questions in practice to understand history and underlying issues associated with sexual concerns.
    • Describe the relationship between trauma experiences and common difficulties associated with sexual intimacy and health.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 10/29/2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 pain management live interactive online
    • 2 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Location

    online
  6. Building Efficient Meetings and Producing Effective Decisions: Achieve Twice as Much in Half the Time

    This session shares results from the Meetings Masters/Decision Maestros Research Project intended to help social workers conduct more effective meetings. The first part of the session highlights practices from Meeting Masters, including the Menu Agenda, and the Agenda Bell. Principles of the Meeting Masters help social workers in the four phases of meeting - preplanning, facilitating/running the meeting itself, processing items for the next meeting, and follow up and implementation of decisions and actions. The second portion reviews several examples of "decision rottenosity" and outlines the process of decision crystallization.

    Objectives

    • Describe challenges in effectiveness that surface in meetings social workers routinely have, such as staff meetings, staff consultations, supervisory meetings, agency board meetings, etc.
    • Describe what occurs during the four phases of a meeting.
    • Develop an agenda for a staff meeting.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 11/4/2021 8:30 AM to 11:45 AM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 3.25 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructor

    Location

    online
  7. Evidence-Based Interventions with Parents of Transgender Youth

    This webinar will teach participants evidence-based intervention strategies to work with parents of transgender and nonbinary youth. The webinar will provide an overview of the impact of parents' response to their child coming out as transgender. The webinar will also review common parent concerns, strategies for delivering psychoeducation and developmental guidance, and conflict management. This will be an interactive webinar and will include one case study.

    Objectives

    • Describe three concerns of parents of transgender youth.
    • Identify 2 harmful behaviors and 2 helpful parent behaviors.
    • Describe/define a safe folder and the rationale for such a folder.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 11-16-2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 3 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructor

    Location

    online
  8. Basic Skills for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    DBT is an empirically supported treatment for individuals with severe emotional regulation problems. Part of the treatment consists of teaching individuals specific skill sets in mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. Participants will learn an overview of these skills and how to integrate these skills into their clinical practice.

    This workshop will present an introduction to DBT theory and skills with use of 2 clinical cases.

    Objectives

    • Name and describe two theories informing DBT practice.
    • Describe the concept and process of a behavior chain analysis.
    • Describe in detail two specific skills within DBT (either within the acceptance or change areas).
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 11/17/2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 3 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Location

    online
  9. Alumni Webinar Series | Housing in America and the Affordable Housing Crisis

    Note: ​This webinar series features invited alumni speakers with expertise in a variety of social work practice settings. The series is offered free of charge to alumni of the U-M School of Social Work, but anyone who is interested is welcome to register. You do not need to be an alum to participate in these sessions.

    There is an insufficient supply of decent affordable housing to meet today's needs. The price of housing continues to increase beyond the reach of many households. Especially hard hit are low-wage earners who do not earn enough income to rent an average priced apartment, and as more and more gentrification occurs, are forced to commute until they find affordability. How does one use affordable housing to rebuild distressed neighborhoods, design communities of opportunity, generate equitable environments, create a strong sense of belonging and hope for the children's future?

    Objectives

    • 1. Identify where to best site affordable housing. 2. Describe how the development of affordable housing can combat gentrification. 3. Identify various strategies to engage government and community support to develop affordable housing.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 11/18/2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructor

    • Antonio Salazar

    Location

    online
  10. Relationship-Focused Play Therapy

    This virtual training will focus on relationship-focused play therapy with children and their caregivers. We will review the primacy of play in children's overall development as well as the developmental stages of play in order to provide a framework for understanding our observations of children's play and help inform our assessments of areas of strength and challenge. We will consider how critical it is to be mindful of how our own personal experiences of play color our observations, as well as how gender and racial biases can distort how we see the play of children, particularly black children.

    We will review the tenets of non-directive play therapy, how play therapy impacts the brain, and how to integrate our understanding of attachment, neuroscience, and play therapy within the context of relationships.

    Objectives

    • Describe play within the context of children's overall development.
    • Describe the developmental stages of play.
    • Describe how racial and gender biases impact observations of children's play.
    • List the tenets of non-directive play therapy.
    • Describe how to integrate attachment, neuroscience, and non-directive play therapy principles within the context of relationships.
    • Describe how play therapy impacts the brain.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 12/3/2021 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 6 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructor

    • Jennifer DeSchryver

    Location

    online

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